Rep. Kim Williams' May Community Update

CONTACT INFORMATION

Carvel Office Building
820 N. French Street
11th Floor 
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 577-8476

Legislative Hall
411 Legislative Avenue
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 744-4351

 

Dear Neighbor,

I hope this message finds you well! With warmer weather and several holidays ahead, I wanted to provide you with several important updates. 

Over the next few months, DelDOT will be performing road work repairs in the area of State Route 141 and I-95 that will cause traffic. Please use precautions when traveling in the area and use alternative routes if available. 

In addition, I would like to share a notification from Artesian Water about their availability to attend neighborhood meetings, as well as several upcoming events in our area. 

I am also pleased to share that HS 1 for HB 1, the campus sexual assault reporting bill, has passed in the House and is now headed to the Senate for consideration. 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions or concerns you may have about issues in the 19th District or the state. 

Sincerely

Kim Williams

 

 

Campus Sexual Assault Reporting Bill Passes House

Click here to view the video.

The House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation yesterday to strengthen sexual violence reporting, training, and outreach resources for Delaware colleges and universities. Drafted in collaboration with stakeholders from across Delaware’s sexual assault advocacy community, House Substitute 1 for House Bill 1 would ensure that victims of sexual violence on college campuses have full knowledge of the options available to them, including criminal justice resources available in addition to the internal administrative processes led by their schools.

A recent student survey conducted by the University of Delaware found that fewer than 5 percent of respondents who said they were victims of sexual misconduct on campus reported their cases to the university. Less than half of the students surveyed said they knew how to seek help after an incident of sexual assault. 

As a sponsor of the bill, I am proud to have joined Rep. Valerie Longhurst and Sen. Karen Peterson and all the stakeholders involved to bring this legislation forward. We as elected officials have a duty to guard the safety and wellbeing of all Delawareans; that is the motivation behind this bill. 


SR 141/I-95 Ramp Interchange Construction

Please be advised that State Route 141/I-95 Ramp Interchange Construction has begun and is expected to last for at least the next two years. This will cause major traffic back-ups on weekdays, so please use precaution when traveling in the area and consider avoiding this area of State Route 141. 


Upcoming Community Yard Sales

Spring Sleep under the Stars at Rockwood Park – Saturday, May 7th, at Rockwood Park located on 4651 Washington St. Extension in Wilmington. Enjoy a day and night of free, safe family fun with kid’s craft for Mother’s Day, as well as hayrides, games, movies, and music. Not pets, alcohol, drugs, gas or charcoal grills, fire pits, or personal fires will be allowed. Click here for more information.  

 

Marshalltown Community Yard Sale – Saturday, May 14th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Rain Date: Saturday, May 21st). For more information, please contact Scot Sauer atsurfnsuds@hotmail.com

Delaware’s Community-Run Farmers Markets – Over the spring and summer seasons, Delawareans will have the opportunity to purchase fresh vegetables and fruits from vendors from across the state all in one place. Several of these farmers markets will be in our area, including:

  • Carousel Park Farmers’ Market: May 6th – October 28th, on Friday’s from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. The farmers’ market will accept EBT cards (SNAP benefits) this season.
  • Rockwood Park Farmers’ Market: May 5th – October 27th, on Thursday’s from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. The farmers’ market will accept EBT cards (SNAP benefits) this season.

For more information about farmers’ markets across the state, visit the Delaware Department of Agriculture website here


DNREC Waste Site Reopens in Northern NCC

DNREC’s Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Demonstration Site in northern New Castle County closed since January has recently reopened with limited operation at least through June in partnership with the Delaware General Assembly.

The site will be open Saturdays and Sundays only, with Delaware residents able to bring yard waste from their own property in non-commercial vehicles to the site from 8 a.m. to until sunset. Again, DNREC operation of the Polly Drummond Hill Road site is Saturday-Sunday only – with the site closed Monday through Friday. In reopening it, DNREC also reminds the public that dumping of yard waste at the gate, along roadways, or other property is illegal, and is subject to fines or imprisonment.  (To report violators, call the DNREC 24-hour environmental hotline: 1-800-662-8802.)

Residents wishing for alternatives to recycling their yard waste may manage the material on their own property, arrange for a collection service, or use the drop-off options listed atwww.dnrec.delaware.gov/yard waste. Residents living within the municipal boundaries of Wilmington, Elsmere, and Newark are reminded that those municipalities provide free yard waste collection services.


Artesian Water Notification 

I am pleased to report that Artesian Water will be available to attend upcoming neighborhood and civic association meetings in our area. If you have any questions about the services provided and the quality of the tap water, please contact Elaine Christopher at 302-453-6900, or by email at echristopher@artesianwater.com, to set up an appointment.


New Website for Pet Services

Recently the Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) launched an updated website,https://animalservices.delaware.gov/, to connect Delawareans to animal control, dog licensing, and pet lost and found services provided by Delaware Animal Services, the enforcement unit of the OAW.  The site also offers educational resources for pet owners, information on low-cost sterilization and veterinary programs, disaster preparedness information, and enables residents to submit non-emergency animal control or cruelty complaints online. 

The site specifically outlines animal control, cruelty, and rabies control services we offer, and provides information for making reports.  Non-emergency reports can now be submitted online.  Their 24-hour hotline is 302-255-4646.

Residents can also click “Lost and Found” to access the first statewide Lost and Found Pet Registry.